Thursday, December 31, 2009

Top Stories of 2009

I should have been keeping track of these and storing them in a folder for a year end recap. I guess that my New Year's resolution for 2010 will be to be more organized. This year, I will have to work from memory.

1. Episcopal General Convention 2009 resolves to continue on the path of GLBT ordinations and to develop litugies for same sex blessings. Archbishop of Canterbury a little bit peeved.

2. The Anglican Covenant is sent to the churches.

3. June 2009, the Anglican Church in North America is formed an elects the first archbishop of what may become the newest province in the Anglican Communion.

4. ELCA follows TEC lead and chooses the path of full inclusivity.

5. Zen Buddhist lay "priest" election as Episcopal bishop nixed.

6. $3,000,000+ set aside in TEC's budget for litigation another indicator of failed leadership.

7. South Carolina Supreme Court rules in favor of congregation leaving TEC.

8. Staggering Losses of Membership Reported for TEC since 2003.

9. Diocese of South Carolina creates space.

10. Non celibate lesbian priest elected bishop suffragan in L.A., Archbishop of Canterbury given a wedgie.


  1. I should note, the problems you've been discussing regarding TEC are popping up in the ELCA in a big way. (I've a foot in the Lutheran camp, even though I'm a card-carrying Baptist, because I send my kids to Missouri Synod Lutheran schools.)

    Anyway, not that it's much consolation, but there are many of "you" in the ELCA at the moment, and the Missouri/Wisconsin Synods expect to be welcoming back many congregations and individual congregants shortly.

    This will be easier than leaving TEC, I think, because Lutherans practice congregational polity with all property owned by and hiring/firing/association decisions made by the congregations without Synod interference, except on theological grounds. Even then, "punishment" is just banishment from the synod and not forfeiture of property, etc.


  2. Randall,

    That's why ELCA made #4 on the list.

    I suspect the ELCA's fall will be more rapid since there may be less fear of litigation.

  3. Anonymous4:12 PM

    The new Apostolic Constitution for Anglicans doesn't break the top ten? Maybe a single shooting in Sarajevo in didn't make the top ten stories in the US in 1914, either.

    But, hey, its your list.

    God bless you.

    Priest in LA